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At least 20 killed in Guyana school fire

23 May 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

MEXICO CITY, May 22 (Xinhua) -- At least 20 people were killed and several others injured in a nighttime fire in Guyana on Monday, local authorities said.

The fire broke out just after midnight on Monday, engulfing a secondary school dormitory located in the southwestern border town of Mahdia, about 320 km south of the capital, Georgetown, according to media reports.

Georgetown's two major hospitals would be prepared "so that every single child who requires attention be given the best possible opportunity to get that attention," Guyanese President Irfaan Ali was quoted by media as saying.

The school reportedly serves mostly indigenous children aged 12 through 18.

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